President Obama, with an assist from some key GOP senators, is trying very hard to sunder the U.S. relationship with Egypt. Peter Wehner writes about the complete folly of the president’s approach here, but it is almost impossible to overstate how foolish and dangerous the president’s actions are vis-a-vis Egypt.
Hopefully a Republican senator or two or 40 will soon stand up and argue that stability in the region and the security of our closest ally there, Israel, requires a stable Egypt, and not one run by theocrats intent on the destruction of Israel. It is very, very easy to condemn killing of the sort that has occurred in the past two weeks, but even these hundreds of death are nothing compared to the loss of life that followed the Iranian Revolution and another American president’s series of extraordinary blunders there in 1979.
It is going to get much more difficult before it gets easier in Egypt, and the U.S. has to realize that the military is that country’s best chance to escape a descent into totalitarian repression wrapped in pseudo-democracy –just like Iran. Of course America has to urge restraint and assist in the restoration of calm and order via the most humane means possible, but there is nothing but disaster in pushing Egypt into the arms of the PRC, Russia or back into the control of the Muslim Brotherhood.